Informed Consent Training in Pediatrics—Are We Doing Enough?

JAMA Pediatrics
March 2018, Vol 172, No. 3, Pages 205-303

Informed Consent Training in Pediatrics—Are We Doing Enough?
Alan R. Tait, PhD; Raymond J. Hutchinson, MD, MS
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(3):211-212. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.4088
As ethics educators, we are continually struck by the wide variability in residents’ reported formative training in informed consent. Many trainees have expressed a lack of preparation and anxiety when asked to obtain consent, particularly for procedures and interventions for which they have no planned involvement. One intern remarked that he sometimes Googles the risks before meeting a patient. A lack of training in obtaining informed consent is not only legally tenuous but may also devalue its significance and lead to the perception that consent is simply a way to achieve the parent’s or patient’s acquiescence.